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Tim Cook (#46481904)
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Bio Photo I have been researching some of the 36,000 + Army Air Forces personnel who died in the line of duty, of non-combat causes during the World War II era in service-related accidents. It is said that more
than 15,500 Army airmen were killed in airplane accidents between 1941 and 1946, within the borders of the U.S. and it's territories. They gave their all and died in the service of their country, but received no purple hearts and virtually no mention in the history books and have largely been forgotten by time.

For corrections, additions, or requests for transfer of memorial, please use the Edit tab, and select Suggest a Correction or Provide Additional Information to make any update requests. It is much easier to handle the issue this way, rather than a personal message.

I am happy to update any memorial, including family links. But I DO NOT like adding census information, copies of death certificates and please do not add long obituaries to the "photo" area. The information can be condensed and pasted into the bio area. If you don't have the time to type out the obituary, just email it to me. I will add it and give you credit for finding it.
I appreciate any information that can "round out" someone's bio.

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John Robinson
Thank you, Mr. Cook, for dedicating your time to these soldiers who died without going into battle. Shutty's is a story I have heard told my entire life since the 1950s. We would have been cousins if he had lived, but he died before I was born in 1946. Your efforts are much appreciated. John Robinson
Added by John Robinson on May 24, 2015 3:47 PM
sandi gunter hawkins
Zeb Tripp Jr
thank you so much! We were talking about Zeb at a family reunion yesterday and to find him and get pictures today is just amazing. thank you again for taking your time to do this.
Added by sandi gunter hawkins on May 24, 2015 1:05 PM
Aircraft Hunter
Sgt. James W. Schindel

I'm a member of the Project Remembrance team at I'm currently trying to locate the crash site of B-24E #42-7074 which crashed near Shoshone, Idaho, on December 19, 1943. I noticed you had quite a few details about the crash at the memorial for Sgt. James W. Schindel, Find-A-Grave #102697339. Do you have a copy of the accident report?


Added by Aircraft Hunter on May 22, 2015 12:09 PM
Erwin de Mooij
Morris H. Strong
Dear mister Cook,

my name is Erwin de Mooij and I am the content webmaster for the 457th Bomb Group Association website.

At this moment I am working on a virtual cemetery/memorial on the website honering all 339 KIA/MIA/KIS of the group.

I saw your picture of Morris H. Strong's grave marker and I was wondering if I could use it for the memorial. If you made any other photos of 457th BG members would I be able to use these too?

We would greatly appreciate it.

Best regards,

Erwin de Mooij
Content webmaster 457th Bomb Group Association
Added by Erwin de Mooij on May 21, 2015 12:31 PM
Everett Mefford
Ens Leslie Silsby "Sonny" Hornbeak
Thank you so very much for your time and the thoughtfulness of you honoring my photo request for this relative
Added by Everett Mefford on May 17, 2015 1:44 PM
Pat Shaw
Elbert Sevier Gann Memorial# 58440926
Tim, you were kind enough to take headstone photos for Elbert. I just found new information about his brother Samuel A Gann and am wondering ? if you noticed a headstone for Samuel? He was front page news in St Joseph at the time of his death and there is a pending photo request on Samuel so I can not leave a request for him. Thought and was hoping you might have an answer or know of something. Of course am sorry but could not send edit request because you are the photo taker! Thanks
Patty Shaw

Samuel A Gann is Memorial# 105754598
Samuel's body was placed in a receiving vault at Mt. Mora with plans to complete burial in the spring. Those plans, however, were not carried. The St. Joseph Daily News issue of August 1, 1902, reported that "the remains of the late Samuel A. Gann will be taken from the vault and buried by the side of his brother Elbert S. Gann, at Mt. Mora Cemetery tomorrow immediately after the funeral of Elbert S. Gann from his residence. Friends are invited."
Added by Pat Shaw on May 10, 2015 12:29 PM
Sue Tanner
RE:George B. Burns
Hi Tim, Memorial for above person has been created. Sorry didn't get his number.
Let me know if you wish me to transfer him to you. I will attempt another time, a better shot hopefully not showing any reflections. There is a huge window directly above where his niche is.
Added by Sue Tanner on May 07, 2015 10:48 PM
Patti Johnson
Cpl. Paul E. Redhead
Thank You for the correction, and
it has been made. We lost so many
young men in these training accidents;
the newspapers hardly kept up when the
names were released. I, for one
sincerely appreciate you letting me
know! Thanks for all you do at
Find A Grave! God Bless. Patti
Added by Patti Johnson on May 05, 2015 7:06 PM
Martin Douglas Packer
Albert Tessier
Thanks for message; I hope to improve the memorials for Ewing Shields and John Strauser, who are also interred at Madingley.
Added by Martin Douglas Packer on May 04, 2015 4:12 AM
John Mallory Land
Memorial# 145973342
Hi, Tim - Thank you for creating this memorial for my cousin James Vernon LAND. I am still working on what became of his mother. I found her parents (Mem. #34183329 & #34183330) and a sister. James' father was my dad's uncle Miller LAND, but he moved away from Georgia and Dad didn't know much about Miller's family. I will let you know if I can find Rubye. Thanks again - John
Added by John Mallory Land on May 04, 2015 3:54 AM
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